My reading of the Biblical book of Hebrews came to a sudden halt. Where have I heard that before? These familiar verses resound in my head because they are from the prophet Habakkuk. His cry to the Lord 2700 years ago continues to resonate with familiarity.
The author of the New Testament book of Hebrews presents many arguments to prove emphatically that Jesus is better. And because he is so superior to anything else, we are exhorted to stick with him to the end, despite suffering or persecution.
"Why don't you take over the women's Bible study? Come along with me to a village to share your testimony. I'm planning a retreat for the church planter's wives and you can share the messages." As a young and tentative cross-cultural worker, my teammate's many suggestions for serving sometimes irritated me. But she believed in me and continued to create opportunities for me—all the while cheering me on. She spurred me on as we are taught to do by the anonymous author of Hebrews.
I regularly speak about rest. The author of the New Testament letter of Hebrews also speaks about rest. But a thorough study of the text reveals that this is a different kind of rest than I typically speak of. Since Hebrews is all about presenting Jesus as superior to all else, I wonder if this rest is also better?